Fever is a raised body temperature above the normal daily variation, which usually suggests an underlying infection. A normal temperature in babies and children is about 36.4˚C, but this can vary slightly from child to child; a fever is a high temperature of 38˚C or more.
Fever is common and mild feverish illness is a normal part of childhood; a natural, healthy and harmless response to help the body fight infection. Common causes of fever include the common cold, ear infections, stomach bugs (gastroenteritis), throat and travel-related infections.
Any child under six months of age with a fever should be assessed by a health professional.
You can usually look after your child or baby at home and in most cases the temperature should go down over 3 or 4 days. See below advice on how to manage your child’s fever at home.
Rarely, more serious medical problems may cause fever in children. Contact NHS 111 or your GP if your child’s health gets worse or if you have concerns about looking after your child at home. Also seek medical advice straight away if you notice any of the following:
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